The hearing process
Hearings usually start with the alcohol licence applicant or the applicant's solicitor making their case, giving evidence and calling witnesses in support of the application.
The Police, the Medical Officer of Health and the alcohol licensing inspector may then present their reports, including whether or not they oppose the application.
Next, the objectors have their say. It is not compulsory for objectors to attend or speak at the hearing, however the committee may gain a better understanding of the objection if an objector attends the hearing to speak about their concerns. This will involve each objector outlining their concerns, followed by an opportunity for the chairperson or committee members, the applicant, the Police or the licensing inspector to ask questions of the objector to clarify their concerns.
Closing statements and decision
The applicant, police and licensing inspector then have an opportunity to make any closing statements.
When the hearing is finished, the committee may reserve its decision. This means it will meet after the hearing to consider the material presented at the hearing, and write the decision.
It may take a number of weeks for the decision to be issued.
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